(Richmond, IN)--More than 4000 people, including law enforcement officers from across the country, gathered in Richmond’s Tiernan Center Monday to honor the life and sacrifice of Officer Seara Burton. Among those who spoke at the service were Richmond Mayor Dave Snow. "Officer Burton has had an impact on all of us. She, in her own way, touched all of our lives and left memories for all of us to cherish," Snow said. "The weight of this badge has been nearly unbearable over the last several weeks," said Lieutenant Donnie Benedict. Seara’s stepmother, Ami Miller, who is herself an RPD officer, had an emotional goodbye. "Please was over us and rest easy." Seara’s fiancé, Sierra Neal, also spoke. "I feel an emptiness without her here, but I will always be thankful for the love she gave me." Seara was shot on August 10 and died on September 18. She was sworn in as an officer in August of 2018.
The hearse carrying Officer Seara Burton on her final trip out of Richmond stopped in front of the City Building Monday for an emotional final call from dispatchers. It began will a radio call for Seara’s identifier, K9-2. The dispatcher, after thanking Seara for her service, then gave the final call. That identifier will never again be used after being retired over the weekend. The funeral procession then proceeded out of Richmond.
A day of remembrance and thanks for Richmond Police Officer Seara Burton ended Monday with a graveside service in a central Indiana cemetery in a section reserved specifically for law enforcement officers from around Indiana who died in the line of duty. An FOP chaplain offered prayer with the backdrop of a setting sun. "We now commit her earthly body to these hallowed grounds alongside her fellow heroes of public safety." That was followed by a 21-gun salute. At the end of the graveside service, family members and fellow officers each placed a white carnation on Seara’s casket.